Identity of 'Doctor McCrane' still unverifiedThursday, May 16, 2019
BY ANTHONY LEWIS
MONTEGO BAY, St James — A pending bail application for England McCrane, the woman who is accused of being a 'quack doctor', has been delayed for two weeks as the St James Parish Court tries to verify her real identity.
McCrane, who has been referred to as 'England McCrane' and 'Dr McCrane', was charged by Area One Fraud Squad detectives, as well as by police in the Corporate Area, for offences including forgery, uttering forged documents, obtaining money by false pretence, and breaches of the Medical Act.
Both cases are running concurrently in the St James Parish Court and the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
The court was told on Tuesday by the clerk of court that she is awaiting an update from the investigating officer who is making attempts to have McCrane's identity verified.
St James Parish Court judge Sandra Wong Small was also told by the accused woman's attorney, Martyn Thomas, that while he would like to make a bail application, he is sure that questions surrounding her real identity would arise.
“Are you making a bail application today?” Wong Small asked of Thomas.
“I would love to your honour, but I am sure that there are questions that would arise as it relates to confirming the name that she has, because this is something that the crown had indicated that they had a difficulty with on previous occasions,” Thomas replied.
Thomas added, “Your honour, I know that Miss McCrane had pleaded guilty in her matter in Kingston, and she was given probation your honour, and I am told that her name was one of the things that had to be verified before that was done. I don't know if it would make it easier for the officer to just make checks there to see what was received from RGD [Registrar General's Department] so we could have it to move forward.”
Judge Wong Small, however, was not willing to grant the accused bail.
“Not without the verification,” stated Wong Small, to which Thomas replied, “I know your honour.”
Wong Small then continued, “If I am giving anybody bail in here, I must know who I am giving bail to, and this is my position.”
Meanwhile, a cellular phone belonging to the accused which the judge in April had ordered be returned, was outstanding up to the end of the case on Tuesday.
The clerk told the court on Tuesday that the investigating officer had indicated that he would pick up the phone in Falmouth on his way from Kingston and deliver it to the court. But up to the adjournment of the matter, the phone did not arrive.
Last month, Thomas told the court that the phone which was taken from his client upon her detention at the Falmouth police lock-up, prior to being transferred to Kingston has vital information in it that could be of assistance in his client's defence.
McCrane, who was remanded in custody, is scheduled to return to court on May 28, when her case will again be mentioned.